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Head coach: Keith Snyder
Assistant coaches: Tyler Bell, Matt Weckler, Bobby White, Charlie Crum, Chris Judkins, Tim Holt, Marcus Williams, Jeff Saurbaugh, Mark Williams and Ty Green
How they fared in 2018: 8-2 (3-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East Conference). DeKalb made the Class 7A state playoff field and lost to Lake Zurich in opening round action.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Lake Park
Sept. 6 vs Sycamore
Sept. 13 vs Edwardsville
Sept. 20 @ Neuqua Valley
Sept. 27 @ Metea Valley
Oct. 4 vs Waubonsie Valley
Oct. 11 vs Naperville North
Oct. 18 @ Naperville Central
Oct. 25 @ Alton
Biggest storyline: It's DVC time. Can the Barbs make the jump up and compete for a conference title in the realigned DuPage Valley against much larger enrollment programs?
Names to watch this season: WR Alex Siebens (Sr.), QB Trenton Kyler (Jr.) and DB Donovan Lacey (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Barbs will feature some key names back, especially in the offensive skills group. But DeKalb will feature several new faces on both the offensive and defensive lines this season.
EDGY's Early Take: DeKalb first year head coach Keith Snyder takes over a program that has been playing its best football in school history. The past six seasons under then-head coach Matt Weckler (who's now an assistant coach at DeKalb) were positive in all phases of the game. The Barbs also made a big time move into the DuPage Valley conference, easily one of the best conferences in Illinois year in and year out. If the Barbs can develop their line play sooner rather than later, they have the offensive weapons and firepower to compete with everyone on their lineup this season.